Reduce the out-of-pocket (OOP) spending for the common man

Inadequate Progress

Indians spend 69% of total health expenditure in the country from their own pockets. India ranks 183rd out of 192 countries in terms of percentage out of pocket expenditure out of total health expenditure(Source: World Health Organisation Global Health Expenditure database).

BJP government started Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) scheme to provide affordable live saving drugs in November, 2015. By November, 2016, only 16 AMRIT centres had been opened. Jan Ausadhi scheme, which has been operational since 2008, makes quality generic drugs available at cheaper prices. Government targeted setting up 3,000 Jan Ausadhi stores in the country by March, 2017. However, currently there are 1,300 such stores operational in the country.

As per Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health report, “the 2017-18  allocation  of  Rs. 26,700  crore on National Health Mission is  grossly  inadequate” and will hardly address the issue of OOP expenditure.

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